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KULER -explore, create and share color themes-

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the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the community…

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[case study] wind power integrated into buildings

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one of the few built examples of wind power integrated into buidings is Near North Apartments in Chicago, where eight HAWT’s [HAWT Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine] on the structure´s roof produce about 10% of the building´s total energy needs…

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Energy Ball [Wind turbine]

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The Energy Ball designed and built by Home Energy, breaks from most wind turbine design by using a spherical structure. They say that by using such a design, significantly higher aerodynamic efficiency can be achieved (40% better efficiency), as compared to traditional designs…

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fisheye sessions #1

Category: ⚐ EN+city+findings+research+urbanism

Hi! I’m going to start up a new thematic post series called “fisheye sessions” to show homemade views that can show other ways to interpret or analyze urban or suburban space.

In this case,  in relation to the work about Fuencarral axis that we are developing in the office, I shall show a fisheye view of the Gran Vía & Montera crossroads in Madrid.

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city mine(d)

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City Mine(d) is a production house for urban interventions, committed to the development of new forms of urban citizenship, the re-appropriation of public space -roads, airwaves, stations, estates, parks, squares, virtual space- and the creation of cutting edge public artwork. The initially Belgian NGO now has agencies in Brussels, Barcelona and London, which are registered offices of the head office in Brussels.
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Category: ⚐ EN+city+findings+urbanism
BURB.TV is a collaborative research wiki focusing on the urbanization of China. Each article is a topical blog or BURB into which texts, images, and discussion are submitted. Each BURB grows to expand into the larger knowledge of The Chinese Dream, a project that investigates the goal to build 400 new cities by 2020. The research is produced with visionaries, architects, planners and social scientists invited by the Dynamic City Foundation.

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Category: ⚐ EN+findings+sustainability+technologies

Re:Vision is a diverse group of people focused on changing the urban landscape by reimagining all the components that make up a city block. From energy to transportation to commerce to community, we believe that by finding innovative, healthy and sustainable ideas to help revitalize one urban block, we can create a blueprint for better cities everywhere.

Interesting innitiative…They have also a tv channel.

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CASCOLAND: things to do

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We present a team from Johannesburg: THE GREAT CASCOLAND..

In the summer of 2004 Cascoland was initiated at the Oerol-festival on the island of Terschelling, the Netherlands. Bringing together a group of five artists all researching Do It Yourself (DIY ) architecture from different backgrounds. continue reading

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Do you know what a Makeador is?

Category: findings+sustainability+the environment

We can all be Makeadores. Anyone who can find valuable what others discarded is a Makeador. The alterego of the person that appears at the very moment he/she is about to make the action of reusing.

It comes and goes, it shows in temporary situations when we are looking for something. Makear comes from “make up”, mending, customising, personalising, repairing, tuning, adapting, sorting out… you make it pretty.

In today’s consumer society, brands are any word, name, symbol or object used for identifying and distinguishing articles by a particular producer from those made by competitors. They infer certain personality and image to the products, so that they become dependant on the brand.

Now MAKEA is born. An alternative to the “use & dispose” culture. MAKEA is a brand that doesn’t sell anything. It represents an attitude of resistance.
MAKEA is the collective intelligence and creativity that turns into useful again what the consumer society has rejected. The idea is to bring back the motto “do it yourself”, extending the useful life of products, going back to knowing how to make things, breaking with the “empty wasting commodity” that sells in boxes the consumer culture.

I bet you are curious to see what we are talking about… well, then, check out this website:

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Data base for 20th Century Spanish Architecture

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+findings+internet+research

Newspaper ELPAIS published some weeks ago an article about the setting up of a vast data base of 20th Century buildings in Spain. You can access this catalogue from the website, where you will find 5600 buildings in Spain, as well as Gibraltar and the South of France. This ambitious project sounds very interesting – it’s a shame the website doesn’t seem to work very well… (at least we have tried and weren’t successful). We will see how useful it can be, how much information it gives, etc. You can read more about it (in Spanish) from ELPAIS digital, where you can also see some pictures (beautiful lavadero de Betanzos, 1901)